Catalog Archive
Auction 106, Lot 45

"[Monsters] Meerwunder und Seltzame Their, Wie die in Den Mitnachtigen Landern, Im Meer Und Auff Dem Landt Gefunden Werden", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1550 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.7 x 10.4 inches
34.8 x 26.4 cm
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One of the more fanciful cartographic curiosities and a unique view of Renaissance attitudes toward the unknown lands beyond the civilized world. This woodblock illustration presents a compendium of monsters as known in the sixteenth century. Across the top is a panel showing land-based creatures. But the majority of the monsters are ferocious sea creatures shown devouring hapless sailors and wrecking ships. Dutch text on verso with key to the engraving.


Condition: A

Professionally re-margined at bottom left and repair of marginal tears and a few scattered tiny wormholes. Later color.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $950

Closed on 3/3/2004